The animal rights organization Mercy for Animals brought its crusade efforts to end confinement farming in the pork industry to Kansas City this week.
The group filmed undercover in a Colorado pig farm owned by Merriam, Kan.-based Seaboard Foods, which supplies to Walmart. It is asking Seabord and Walmart to change their production practices.
Specifically, Mercy for Animals wants Seaboard to end its use of gestation crates, which restrict pigs’ movement and are being phased out by other leading pork producers, including Cargill, Hormel and Smithfield.
There are currently nine states with laws prohibiting confining pregnant pigs during gestation.